Thursday, 17 November 2011

Muir condemns plans to close Holywood Police station


Holywood Police Station

I condemn outright plans to close Holywood Police Station and urge the Chief Constable to remove Holywood from the list of stations which will be axed. 

It is understood that a Policing Board subcommittee was presented with a list of 35 stations ear marked for closure on at the end of last week by the Police Service of NI and included on this list was Holywood Police Station.

Holywood Police Station is an important part of our community providing a base for local police officers. With the recent spike in burglaries I am astounded that the Police are considering removing this local station. 

We need local officers based nearby not miles away in Bangor or further afield. If plans proceed I fear that patrols will become a rare sight on Holywood streets and response times ridiculous.

People who need to visit a police station in person will also have to travel to Bangor to conduct simple tasks such as presentation of a Driving Licence.

A sense of betrayal can be felt in Holywood after Holywood Police Station Enquiry Office Opening Hours were cut a few years ago. People are angry that the Police are now sharpening the axe and hoping to close the station in its entirety.

I do however welcome news that the Policing Board have deferred the issue until their next full meeting in December. A full discussion needs to take place before the Police start consulting upon their flawed plan to close Holywood station

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